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INM0017575, A.A. 2018/19

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Degree course First cycle degree in
IN0507, Degree course structure A.Y. 2011/12, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ELEMENTS OF OPTICS AND APPLICATIONSĀ 
Department of reference Department of Information Engineering
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Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge ALAIN JODY CORSO 000000000000

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines FIS/03 Material Physics 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 01/10/2018
End of activities 18/01/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2011 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
9 A.A. 2018/2019 01/10/2018 15/03/2020 CORSO ALAIN JODY (Presidente)
8 A.A. 2017/2018 01/10/2017 15/03/2019 PELIZZO MARIA-GUGLIELMINA (Presidente)
NALETTO GIAMPIERO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: None.
Target skills and knowledge: Basic knowledge in optics and photonics and related applications. Ability to conceive and design simple optical devices. Knowledge of techniques and methods for simulation and characterization of the performance of simple optical systems.
Examination methods: Assessment in itinere or oral exam at the end of the course.
Assessment criteria: Knowledge acquired, with particular attention to the understanding of the applicative aspects of the discipline. Ability to apply the theoretical concepts to concrete cases; this capability will be verified through the carrying out of exercises, proposed both during the oral test and in ongoing assessments. In both cases, the ability to expose the concepts through appropriate terminology will be taken into account in the evaluation.
Course unit contents: The undulatory and corpuscular nature of light; classical and quantum optics and areas of application; propagation models (geometric optics, wave optics, electro-magnetic optics) and their areas of use.

Geometric optics: the laws of refraction and reflection in geometrical optics; correspondence between rays and wave fronts; the Fermat principle; total dispersion and reflection; some applications and demonstrations: optical fibers, erector prisms in optical instruments, prisms in refractometers.

Image formation; diopters and lenses; mirrors; diaphragms and apertures; aberrations; ray-tracing, layout and simulation of an optical system; applications and demonstrations: projectors, microscopes, telescopes, cameras, eye and glasses, adaptive optics and its use in visual optics and in industrial power lasers. Design of an optical system and related simulations using specific software.

Wave optics: Huygens-Fresnel principle. Diffraction from a slit and an opening. Resolution of a system. Complete simulation of an optical device by specific software. Definition of Encircled Energy and Point Spread Function. Examples of imaging tools.

The electric field and polarization states; Fresnel equations and transmission and reflection at an interface with a medium; polarization by reflection; birefringence and dichroism; wave retarders to modify the beam polarization status; applications: liquid crystals and laser devices.

Interference by wavefront and amplitude division. Interference in thin films; applications to optical coatings, interferential filters and multilayer films. Examples: anti-reflective coatingS, energy-saving and electrochromic coatings, metallic coatings and their application in the manufacture of sensors and biosensors. Examples of interferometers and their applications in metrology and spectroscopy. Diffractions Gratings for spectroscopy and introduction to monochromators and spectrographs.

Some demonstration lessons will be held in the laboratory; a presentation with a speaker belonging to the industry will be organized.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Slides used during lectures are provided to the student, so that the student can attend the lessons by integrating the material with his own notes. At the end of a block of lectures related to the same topic, a lesson will be held in the optical laboratory, where the student will be able to attend experiments aimed at demonstrating and then clarifying what proposed in the theoretical lessons.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Material provided and consultation of reference texts.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • F. Pedrotti, L. Pedrotti, Introduction to Optics. --: Prentice Hall International Editors, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Hecht, Optics. --: --, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Mazzoldi, Nigro, Voci, Onde. --: --, --. Cerca nel catalogo